First Look: Mercedes Makes Daring Assertion In opposition to Discrimination With New Race Equipment

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It’s going to have been 217 days because the chequered flag final fell on the observe at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, earlier than we hear “It’s lights out and away we go!” on Sunday, making it the longest hiatus within the historical past of the Forumla 1 championship.

What we are able to formally say for now although, is that Formulation 1 is lastly again! And followers of the game couldn’t be happier to see the motion on their screens once more. However Formulation 1 is not going to be with out some much-needed adjustments this season and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff, together with  6-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, has been a driving pressure in that.

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After Mercedes unveiled the all-black base livery of the W11 race automobile as an announcement in opposition to racism and all types of discrimination, PUMA has unveiled their black race gear for Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas in assist of its accomplice the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff. And it makes for a hanging assertion.

However what precisely does the brand new package—chosen to drive the complete 2020 F1 season—entail? Properly, the black race gear contains the race swimsuit, underwear, balaclava, gloves and the Speedcat Professional race shoe.

The racing gloves have the phrase #reform on the appropriate hand, referencing the REFORM platform PUMA launched in 2018 to combat for equality, respect, and equity.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff has develop into synonymous with a white and silver color palette, so the all-black color palette not solely is a change for them, however is certain to face out on the grid line-up. Even Lewis’ helmet is an actual show-stopper with nice which means behind it:

Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas are on the coronary heart of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff’s dedication to preventing racism and discrimination. Lewis mentioned:  “It’s so vital that we seize this second and use it to teach ourselves, whether or not you’re a person, model or firm to make actual significant adjustments in terms of guaranteeing equality and inclusivity. I’ve personally skilled racism in my life and seen my household and pals expertise racism, and I’m talking from the guts after I attraction for change.“

Valtteri added: “It is necessary for us to be united and present our dedication to vary. Racism and discrimination haven’t any place in our sport or in our society.”

Formulation 1 is infamous for being probably the most inaccessible sports activities as a result of excessive prices related to it. In addition to being a male and  ‘white-dominated sport’. This isn’t solely on the driving force’s line up which has seen Lewis Hamilton being the primary and solely black driver to race within the sport, however throughout advertising and marketing, media, catering and extra. That is one thing Lewis spoke about on Thursday when doing the presser forward of race weekend.

As Lewis mentioned, Mercedes-AMG Petronas needs to be part of serving to shift the longer term for a greater time, and we are able to solely hope that the opposite groups, drivers and people concerned in Formulation 1 might be too.

*Equipment Images: Steve Etherington

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